Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka #19

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 3"/215
  • Age: 28


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls

Masahiro Tanaka Stats

14-4 3.07 199.2 165 1.08

Masahiro Tanaka MLB Career Stats

39-16 3.12 490.0 445 1.04

Masahiro Tanaka Bio

  • Full Name: Masahiro Tanaka
  • Pronunciation: mahs-uh-hero tun-ah-kuh
  • Born: 11/1/1988 in Itami, Japan
  • High School: Komazawa University Tomakomai High School, Hokkaido
  • Debut: 4/4/2014
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2016 Stats 14 4 3.07 31 31 0 199.2 165 1.08
MLB Career Stats 39 16 3.12 75 75 0 490.0 445 1.04
  • Status: Active

Masahiro Tanaka Splitter Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2016 Yankees AL 966 Splitter 86.66 85.83 1640.00 5.72 86.71
MLB Avg - - - Splitter 84.95 84.12 1522.00 5.79 87.77
Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2016 Yankees AL 966 Splitter 86.66 85.83 1640.00 5.72 86.71
MLB Avg - - - Splitter 84.95 84.12 1522.00 5.79 87.77


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Masahiro Tanaka Stats

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Masahiro Tanaka Advanced Stats

*Since 2006
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Masahiro Tanaka Pitch Breakdown [Catcher Perspective]
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Masahiro Tanaka News

Masahiro Tanaka Fantasy News

February 14, 2017 at 1:50 PM ET

Tanaka tabbed as Opening Day starter

Just 10 minutes into his first news conference of the new season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that he expects right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to serve as the Opening Day starter.

January 23, 2017 at 8:29 PM ET

Tanaka will not pitch in World Baseball Classic

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka said on Monday that he has decided not to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.


Masahiro Tanaka Awards

AL All-Star

Year Team League
2014 NY Yankees AL

AL Pitcher of the Month

Month Team League
05/2014 NY Yankees AL

Masahiro Tanaka Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2016 3.07 3rd in AL


Season W Rank
2014 13 19th in AL
2015 12 19th in AL
2016 14 11th in AL

Winning Percentage

Season WPCT Rank
2016 .778 5th in AL


Season SO Rank
2016 165 19th in AL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2016 31 22nd in AL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2014 3 2nd in AL
2015 1 15th in AL


Season SHO Rank
2014 1 5th in AL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2016 199.2 10th in AL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2016 7.44 23rd in AL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2016 4.58 4th in AL


Season H Rank
2016 179 22nd in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2015 25 9th in AL

Masahiro Tanaka Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
June 3, 2015 New York Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 15-day disabled list.
May 21, 2015 New York Yankees sent RHP Masahiro Tanaka on a rehab assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
April 28, 2015 New York Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 24, 2015. Right wrist tendinitis and right forearm strain.
September 21, 2014 New York Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 60-day disabled list.
September 2, 2014 New York Yankees transferred RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
July 9, 2014 New York Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list. Right elbow inflammation.
January 22, 2014 New York Yankees signed free agent RHP Masahiro Tanaka.

Masahiro Tanaka Bio Info

Married Mai Satoda in March 2012...Mai is a well-known singer and pop star in Japan... Attended Komazawa University Tomakomai High School...over the course of his high school career (2004-06), struck out 458 batters, surpassing Daisuke Matsuzaka's previous national high school record with Yokohama Senior High School (423K) the summer of his junior year, was the top pitcher in the Summer Koshien Tournament and was chosen to represent the Japanese team at the U18 Asia Baseball Championships...led Tomakomai to the Meiji Jingu Tournament in the fall of his junior year...began playing baseball in first grade as a catcher...did not pitch until junior high school...Was selected to the All Japan team in 2006 and traveled to play an American All-Star team...while on the trip, visited the original Yankee Stadium and met then-Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui...On 9/25/06, the Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama Baystars and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles all selected him as their first-round draft pick...Rakuten won the lottery and the rights to negotiate with him...signed with the Golden Eagles on 11/2/06...was given uniform No. 18, the traditional number given to the ace pitcher of a professional team in Japan.


Went 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA (154.0IP, 60ER) and one complete game in 24 starts...was tied for second on the team in wins...recorded a 2.2 WAR (FanGraphs)...ranked eighth in the AL (min. 150.0IP) with a 3.29 xFIP and posted a 3.98 FIP...allowed a .221 (126-for-571, 25HR) opponents' average; LH .223 (60-for-269, 13HR), RH .219 (66-for-302, 12HR)...the Yankees went 15-9 in his 24 starts...Was placed on the 15-day D.L. on 4/29 with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain and reinstated on 6/3 prior to his start that day at Seattle...made two rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton/WB, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA (6.0IP, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, 1HR)...missed a start in late September after suffering a right hamstring strain while running out a groundball on 9/18 at the Mets...On 4/6 vs. Toronto, became the fourth Japanese-born pitcher in Major League history (and the first in Yankees history) to start on Opening Day...the others: Hideo Nomo (3x-2000 w/ Detroit, 2003-04 w/ Los Angeles-NL), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2008 w/ Boston) and Hiroki Kuroda (2009 w/ Los Angeles-NL) 26 years and 156 days, Tanaka was just the second Yankees pitcher under age-27 to start on Opening Day since 1975 (Andy Pettitte, 25 years, 290 days in 1998)...had started only once on Opening Day during his seven-year career with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan (2012)...His 0.99 WHIP led the AL and was sixth-lowest in the Majors (min. 150.0IP)...was the seventh pitcher in Yankees history to post a WHIP under 1.00 (min. 150.0IP) and one of just two since 1945, joining Ron Guidry (0.95 in 1978)... Among AL pitchers with at least 150.0IP, his .221 opponents' average was fifth-lowest...had the lowest opponents' OBP (.254) and second-lowest opponents' BABIP (.243)...His 1.46 HR per 9.0IP ratio (154.0IP, 25HR) ranked fourth-highest in the AL while his 16.9 pct. HR/FB rate was the highest (min. 150.0IP)...19 of his 25HR allowed were solo HRs...did not allow a three-run HR or grand slam until his final start of the season on 9/30 vs. Boston (three-run HR by Travis Shaw)...yielded just 4HR in his first seven starts...allowed a career-high 3HR three times...became the first Yankee since 2001 to allow 3HR in consecutive starts (6/21 vs. Detroit, 6/27 at Houston)...allowed 6R and a career-high 3HR in consecutive starts from 6/21-27, just the second Yankees pitcher since 1914 to allow at least 6R and 3HR in consecutive starts, joining Orlando Hernandez (5/25/01 and 8/21/01)...Went 7-4 with a 3.71 ERA (87.1IP, 36ER) in 14 home starts...won four consecutive home starts from 7/9-8/4...opponents batted .222 (72-for-325) against him at Yankee Stadium...made nine consecutive quality starts at home from 7/3-9/13, going 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA (61.1IP, 19ER) during the streak... marked the longest QS streak by a Yankee in 2015 and was tied for the seventh-longest home QS streak in the Majors...Went 5-3 with a 3.24 ERA (66.2IP, 24ER) and one complete game in 10 road starts...completed at least 6.0IP in 9-of-10 starts and allowed 2R-or-fewer in 6-of-10...his .220 (54-for-246) opponents' BA on the road was fifth-lowest in the AL (min. 225AB)...went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA (20.1IP, 2ER) in his first three road starts, the first Yankees pitcher to throw at least 6.0IP with 1R-or-fewer in his first three road starts of a season since Dock Ellis (three straight) in 1976...Led the Yankees with 17 quality starts, the lowest total to lead the club since 2004, when Jon Lieber and Javier Vazquez had 16 QS apiece...from 7/3-9/18, threw at least 6.0IP in 14 consecutive starts, tied for the second-longest streak by an AL pitcher in 2015 (Dallas Keuchel-29)...Ranked fourth among AL pitchers (min. 150.0IP) with a 1.58 BB per 9.0IP ratio (154.0IP, 27BB) and fifth with a 5.15 K/BB ratio (139K, 27BB)... issued 1BB-or-fewer in each of his final seven starts (5BB total), the longest such streak of his career...his six starts of at least 7.0IP and no walks were tied for most in the AL...went 7.0IP without a walk in three consecutive starts from 6/3-15, marking the longest such streak by a Yankees pitcher since David Wells had four consecutive starts from 9/12-28/03...Had a 5.84 run support average, eighth-highest in the Majors (min. 150.0IP)...was 12-0 in 14 starts with at least 3R of support and 0-7 in 10 starts with 2R-or-fewer...received at least 9R in five starts (all wins)...His streak of four consecutive starts of at least 6.0IP and no more than 5H or 1R from 4/18-6/9 matched the longest such streak by a Yankees pitcher since 1914 (seventh time), first since Orlando Hernandez had four straight from 8/3-18/98...Allowed 2H over 7.0 shutout innings on 4/18 at Tampa Bay (7.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 8K), retiring 21-of-23 batters, including 15 straight from the first through fifth innings...marked just the 11th start by a Yankees pitcher since 1914 with at least 7.0 scoreless innings, two-hits-or-fewer, no walks and at least his first start off the D.L. on 6/3 at Seattle, allowed just 3H and 1ER over 7.0IP (0BB, 9K)...was just the second Yankees pitcher in the last 10 seasons (since 2006) to post a line with at least 7.0IP, 3H-or-fewer, no walks and at least 9K (Hiroki Kuroda on 9/25/14 vs. Baltimore)...threw the Yankees' lone 9.0-inning complete game on 8/15 at Toronto (5H, 1ER, 3BB, 8K)...had 10K on 9/8 vs. Baltimore, his sixth career double-digit strikeout game (8.0IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 10K)... marked the sixth time since 1914 that a Yankees starter pitched at least 8.0IP, allowed 1R-or-fewer and had at least 10K but did not earn a win...When John Ryan Murphy replaced Brian McCann in the second inning on 6/3 at Seattle, it marked the first time in Tanaka's Major League career that he pitched to a catcher other than McCann...he had McCann as his starting catcher for each of his first 32 career starts (through his 7/17 start), becoming the first Yankees pitcher in the last 100 years to make his first 32 MLB starts all with the same catcher (credit: Elias)...was the longest such streak in the Majors since the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (first 36 career starts from 2006-07 with Russell Martin)...Made his MLB postseason debut in the AL Wild Card Game, taking the loss in the Yankees' 3-0 defeat vs. Houston (5.0IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR)...allowed leadoff solo HRs to Colby Rasmus in the second and Carlos Gomez in the fourth...Went 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA (14.2IP, 13H, 6R/5ER, 1BB, 64K) in four starts in spring training...On 10/20/15, had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow...the bone spur was pre-existing, dating back to his pitching career in Japan...the procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Made 20 starts in his first MLB season, going 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA (136.1IP, 42ER)…marked the lowest ERA for a Yankees rookie pitcher (min. 15GS) since Dave Righetti was 8-4 with a 2.05 ERA (105.1IP, 24ER) in 1981... Led the Yankees in wins and complete games (3), also ranking second in starts, innings and strikeouts... Among all Major League rookies, Tanaka ranked first in complete games, third in wins and ninth in inningspitched…no other rookie pitcher recorded more than one complete game…among MLB rookies who recordedat least 100.0IP, Tanaka ranked first in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.71) and walks per 9.0IP (1.39), second in strikeoutsper 9.0IP (9.31), third in ERA (2.77) and fourth in opponents' batting average (.240)... Was selected via the Player Ballot to attend his first All-Star Game…was one of three Yankees chosen as AL All-Stars (also SS Derek Jeter and RHP Dellin Betances)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tanaka and Betancesbecame the first pair of teammates in Yankees history to be named to the All-Star Game as rookies…also according to Elias, Betances and Tanaka became the ninth and 10th Yankees rookies to earn an All-Star selection, joining Joe DiMaggio (1936), Joe Page (1944), Spec Shea (1947), Bobby Richardson (1957), Ryne Duren (1958), Tom Tresh (1962), Willie Randolph (1976) and Hideki Matsui (2003)... Recorded at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 18 starts of the season…according to Elias, Tanaka became the first pitcher to record at least 6.0IP in each of his first 18 Major League starts since John Farrell (21 straight w/Cleveland from 8/21/87 - 6/6/88)…Elias also notes that Tanaka became the first pitcher in franchise history torecord at least 6.0IP in each of his first 18 MLB starts…became the first pitcher to record at least 6.0IP in eachof his first 18-or-more starts as a Yankee since Carl Mays did so from 1919-20 (also 18 GS)...  Produced a quality start (at least 6.0IP and 3ER or fewer) in each of his first 16 games, tied with Montreal's Steve Rogers (1973) for the longest such streak to begin a Major League career since earned runs became an official stat in 1912 (credit: Elias)…Elias also notes that it was the longest streak of quality starts to begin aseason since Greg Maddux in 1994 (also 16)…tied CC Sabathia (6/3-8/22/10) for the longest streak of qualitystarts by a Yankee at any point in a career…no pitcher had produced a longer such streak since Seattle's FelixHernandez (17 straight from 6/13-9/5/10)... Recorded 10-or-more strikeouts in a game five times, the most such starts among MLB rookies…according to Elias, he joined Al Downing (8x in 1963) as the only Yankees rookies to produce three-or-more 10K games in a season... Became the first Yankees rookie to record at least 3CG since Orlando Hernandez in 1998 (also 3CG)... Made his Major League debut in 4/4 win at Toronto (7.0IP, 6H, 3R/2ER, 1HR, 0BB, 8K)…according to Elias, he became the sixth pitcher since 1900 to earn a win in his Major League debut in which he pitched at least 7.0innings and recorded at least eight strikeouts without walking a batter…the only other Yankees pitcher toaccomplish the feat was Rich Beck on 9/14/65 at Washington (7.0IP, 8K)... Recorded 10K on 4/9 vs. Baltimore and on 4/16 vs. Chicago-NL…according to Elias, Tanaka became the first rookiepitcher ever to register at least 10K in consecutive games for the Yankees…Elias also notes that Tanaka joinedWashington's Stephen Strasburg as the only two pitchers since 1900 to record at least 8K in each of their first three MLB starts…recorded at least 10K and 7.0IP while walking one-or-fewer batters in consecutive starts, becomingonly the second Yankee to ever accomplish the feat (also David Wells on 9/1/98 vs. Oakland and 9/7/98 at Boston)...Recorded 11K in 4/27win vs. Los Angeles-AL, the most strikeoutsby a Yankees rookie pitcher since Orlando Hernandez had 13K on8/13/98 vs. Texas... Improved to 6-0 and recorded his first MLBshutout in his eighthstart on 5/14 at NewYork-NL, leading theYankees to a 4-0 winat Citi Field…joined Andy Pettitte as the only Yankees starters to throw a complete-game shutout againstthe Mets (credit: Elias)…became the first Yankees rookieto begin his career6-0 as a starter sinceWhitey Ford went9-0 in 12 starts in1950…according to Elias, Tanaka became the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out 60-or-more batters whileearning at least six wins in his first eight appearances in the Majors…became the first pitcher since 1900 tostrike out at least 60 hitters while allowing fewer than 10 walks in his first eight career games (66K, 7BB)... Went 1-for-4 in 5/14 win at New York-NL, hitting a two-out single off Jose Valverde in the ninth inning…according to Elias, Tanaka became the first pitcher to record his first MLB shutout and first base hit in the same gamesince Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens did so on 8/6/08 at Arizona…became the first Yankees pitcher to accomplishthe feat since Ron Klimkowski on 9/18/70 at Detroit... Suffered his first loss of the season on 5/20 in the Yankees' 6-1 defeat at Chicago-NL (6.0IP, 8H, 4R/3ER, 1BB,7K)…had been unbeaten in his previous 42 regular season starts (34-0) in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball…marked his first regular season loss since 8/19/12, when the Seibu Lions defeated the Rakuten Golden Eagles at the Seibu Dome... Was named the AL's "Pitcher of the Month" for May after going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA (43.0IP, 9ER), one shutout, 6BB and 42K over six appearances…marked the first monthly award for the Yankees since Ivan Nova wasvoted the AL's "Pitcher of the Month" in August 2013…became the first Yankees rookie to win a "Pitcher of the Month" award since its inception in 1979…became the third Japan-born pitcher to win the award, joiningHideo Nomo (June 1995 and September 1996) and Hideki Irabu (May 1998 and July 1999)... According to Elias, Tanaka became only the fifth pitcher since 1900 to record 100-or-more strikeouts throughhis first 13 career Major League games (103K), joining Hideo Nomo-119K, Kerry Wood-118K, Herb Score-107Kand Jose DeLeon-106K... Improved to 11-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.99 following 6/17 win vs. Toronto…became the first Yankees pitcher towin at least 11 of his first 12 decisions in a season since Roger Clemens began the 2001 season with an 11-1 record... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on 7/9…was transferred to the 60-dayD.L. on 9/2…missed 65 games from 7/9-9/20... Returned from the 60-day disabled list on 9/21 and started that day vs. Toronto, earning his 13th win in a 5-2Yankees victory (5.1IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 4K)…made his final start in 9/27 loss at Boston (1.2IP, 7H, 7R/5ER, 2BB, 2K)... Made five official spring training appearances (three starts) for the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA (21.0IP,5ER)…earned the "James P. Dawson Award" as the Yankees' top rookie in spring training, as voted on by theclub's beat writers…led Yankees pitchers with 26 strikeouts (3BB, 15H).

Went 24-0 with one save and a 1.27 ERA (212.0IP, 30ER) and 183K in 28 games (27 starts) with Rakuten… tossed eight complete games and two shutouts… led NPB in wins and ERA, setting an NPB record in victories. Earned the Pacific League MVP Award, was named to the "Best Nine" and won a Gold Glove Award. Was his third straight season with an ERA under 2.00… his 1.27 ERA was the thirdlowest in Pacific League history (fractionally higher than his ERA in 2011) and the sixth-lowest in NPB history. Earned the Sawamura Award as NPB's best pitcher at the conclusion of the season… was named "Pitcher of the Month" five times (May-September). Set a Rakuten club record for most consecutive wins to start the season with his ninth victory on 6/16… set an NPB record with his 16th straight win to open the season on 8/9… on 9/13 vs. the Orix Buffaloes, won his NPB-record 21st straight decision. Went 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA (19.0IP, 5ER) in three games (two starts) with 21K and 4BB in the Japan Series vs. the Yomiuri Giants… was given the honor of throwing the final pitches in Game 7 of the best-of-seven series, earning the save as Rakuten won its first title in franchise history. Prior to the season, pitched for Japan in the World Baseball Classic, allowing 2ER in 7.0IP over four appearances (one start)… recorded 12K without walking a batter.